Some events carry an exceptional symbolic charge.
Is Mikhail Gorbachev, for all his vast presidential powers and
commanding leadership of the Communist Party, merely to be a
transitional ruler of the Soviet Union? If so, a transition to what?
Fundamentalism is spreading westward; now it has invaded the Maghreb.
The results of Algeria's June 12
local elections, in which the Islamic Salvation Front (F.J.S.) won more
than half of the
Nineteen ninety-three, with its single market and
its important steps toward monetary and political
union, was to have been Europe's momentous A 1 year.
Europe's landscape is changing--dramatically in its
Eastern half, which is groping toward capitalism,
and less spectacularly in the Western part, which
is on the road to a single market.
The balance of power in international relations
There seem to be a large measure of agreement between Walesa and Mazowiecki over fundamental economic policy.
In order to perpetuate capitalism as the final stage of
history, Washington has less Hegelian means at its
disposal than Francis Fukuyama suggested.
On December 9, after a second ballot, Lech Walesa, the former
electrician from the Lenin Shipyards, will be the President of the
The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, held in Paris at the end of November, might best be described by reversing Tolstoy's title. This was Peace and War.